So often this season you seem to take one step forward and two back. How do you explain being so accomplished on Wednesday against Chelsea to then produce a performance as abject as that a few days later?
“That is the question but we have to always be ready for the game. So I have to take responsibility for that as I have to prepare the team to be ready for the game. From my point of view, I’m very disappointed with the way we started so I have to do things better.”
In fairness, though, once the players go over that line, you can’t run for them – they have to be ready to start the game. It’s the ninth time this season in all competitions you’ve conceded in the first half-hour and you’ve been behind in half your Premier League games. So they don’t seem to be ready to start matches too often this season…
“We are really inconsistent. We have the abilities to do it but you have to do it in every game.”
It’s twice now this season that supporters have cheered Anthony Martial being substituted. He’s not completed 90 minutes in the Premier League for three years, he’s got 18 goals in the Premier League for the club. It seems like the fans have lost confidence in him. How can he continue playing for you?
“Two weeks ago, against Everton, he played a very good game. He has the competencies and the abilities to play so I don’t think it’s fair after a performance like this to go to one player. As a group, we failed all together.”